The Boundary-free Enterprise™: It’s a PaaS Thing
Today’s businesses are doing their work through a new Cloud-based array of time- and location-independent computing capabilities – Collaboration, Mobile, Social and Analytics -- plus Integration services which together make the Boundary-free Enterprise™ possible. We trace the evolution of PaaS from its origins through the present and anticipate how it is likely to continue to evolve in support of its multiple roles as an enabler of Cloud solutions, integrator of hybrid solutions, and extender of SaaS and open source applications.
Both enterprises and Cloud ISVs will be challenged to enhance their Cloud and hybrid business solutions through leveraging Mobile, Social/Collaborative and Analytics platforms that may also bridge on-premises data to the Cloud. Developing for this Cloud and hybrid architecture will be the primary activity of enterprise developers over the next three-to-five years, and maintaining these Cloud solutions, integrations and workflows will be the mainstay of IT for a decade or more to come. For ISV and pure play Cloud providers, this emerging new master architecture presents many new opportunities and some new challenges, if they are to compete successfully.
Over time we expect PaaS to evolve to more fully support Collaboration, Mobile, Social and Analytics:
- Understanding and embracing the loosely-coupled solution model
- Enabling re-architected synergies across Cloud platforms and solutions
- Facilitating solutions designed for maintainability as the Cloud evolves
For providers of Cloud solutions targeting the Boundary-free Enterprise™, whether enterprise IT or Cloud ISV, partnering with a Cloud development platform provider will be a strategic decision.
Saugatuck Planning Position: By YE2017, Enterprises, ISVs (and pure-play Cloud providers) will require improved flexibility in developing and enhancing core business operational functionality in loosely-coupled solutions across the Boundary Free Enterprise™platforms.
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